Can I go for LASIK if I have dry eyes?
The short answer is your dry eye needs to be under control before you can get LASIK. This is possible if your dry eye is under treatment. This can include artificial tears, eye drops, or in office procedures. Once your dry eye is comfortably under control, you can undergo LASIK.
How common is dry eye after LASIK?
Dry eye is the most common complication for LASIK. About 95% of people report dry eye symptoms just after the procedure. But LASIK itself isn’t often the trigger for the dry eye. Nearly half to three-quarters of the people reporting dry eye had symptoms of it before the surgery.
Will LASIK make my dry eyes worse?
Although existing dry eye syndrome can worsen following LASIK surgery, proper preoperative and postoperative management can allow patients with even severe dry eye to benefit from the surgery. Frequent instillation of artificial tears is the standard treatment for most cases of dry eye syndrome.
Can dry eyes after LASIK affect vision?
LASIK causes some nerves in the cornea to be cut, which reduces corneal sensitivity to some degree. In response, you eye may not sense the need for lubrication, causing your body to produce fewer tears, leading to dry eye syndrome. Dry eyes after LASIK can cause both discomfort and less than optimal visual outcomes.
Is LASIK really worth?
LASIK surgery has a good track record. Complications that result in a loss of vision are rare, and most people are satisfied with the results. Certain side effects, particularly dry eyes and temporary visual disturbances (such as glare), are fairly common.
How long does LASIK dryness last?
Post-LASIK dry eye usually lasts for at least 1 month. Tear function and dry eye symptoms improve to preoperative levels thereafter. However, a small number of patients still experience chronic dry eye symptoms more than 1 year after LASIK.
How do you fix dry eyes after LASIK?
The best eye drops for dry eyes after LASIK are preservative-free lubricating eye drops or artificial tears. These options can be used frequently and are safe to use.
How much is the average cost of LASIK surgery?
On average, LASIK costs range between $2,000 to $3,000 per eye. Over time you may spend less by having LASIK than continuing to purchase and maintain corrective lenses.
Are dry eyes worse in winter?
Dry eye happens when the eyes either cannot produce enough tears or they produce low-quality tears. Seasonal changes like dryer air make dry eye worse.